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Bank Accounts

Postdocs moving to Cambridge from abroad can have problems opening accounts at many UK banks because of the documentation required, not all of which is immediately available when you move.

Following lobbying from the OPdA and the HR Compliance Team, Barclays Bank has established an agreement with the University to help staff arriving in the UK open a bank account without requiring proof of address. 

As soon as you arrive in the UK you can now obtain a letter from the University’s HR Compliance Team, regardless of your living arrangements, which Barclays will accept in place of proof of address.

You can find the full details, terms and conditions of the agreement on the HR webpages.

When you go into the bank to open your account, you will need to take with you:

  • Proof of your identity – passport, national identity card, national driving licence
  • Your visa (or residence permit for EU nationals)
  • The letter provided by the HR Compliance Team

However, you are not obliged to bank with Barclays and can change bank at any time if you do open an account with them.


You can find a lot of useful information about banks, building societies and bank accounts in the UK on the Citizen’s Advice Bureau website.

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